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In an upward trend – Mowinckel seeks first World Champs podium in Åre

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Ragnhild Mowinckel was one of the shooting stars of the 2017/18 season and she has kick-started the current one in similar fashion. The Norwegian feels home in Åre and has two Olympic silver medals in her back pocket so it comes as no surprise that she aims for her first World Championships medal(s) at Åre 2019.

Ragnhild Mowinckel, Norway, is in an upward trend and looking to grab her first World Champs medals in Åre. Photo by Christophe Pallot/Zoom Agency
Ragnhild Mowinckel, Norway, is in an upward trend and looking to grab her first World Champs medals in Åre. Photo by Christophe Pallot/Zoom Agency

Ragnhild Mowinckel had her breakthrough season during the 2018 season. ”The rookie of the year” is just one of the terms used to describe her but since she has been racing the World Cup for six years already, that’s not really fitting. No matter what, Ragnhild - and the rest of the Norwegian women’s team - has had great success in the last few seasons and are to reckon with during the Åre 2019 Championships.

Mowinckel collected 849 World Cup points last season, compared with 399 the season before, including three podiums (and one victory!) and a number of top ten finishes. There’s no doubt about her shape is trending upwards. 

– I am very happy with my results. But then again, I think that there is so much more that I have in me to show to the rest of the world so hopefully that will happen this season, said Mowinckel.

She crowned her season with two medals at the Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang 2018 where she won silver in giant slalom and downhill. When it comes to the World Ski Championships, she has yet to win a medal.

 – I love Åre. It’s near where I grew up and where I went to school so I have spent a lot of time there. 

Mowinckel has improved her ranking from #84 in the overall World Cup in 2013 to 8th  in the the 2017/18 standings. She is an allrounder who can do well in various events.  

– I had not raced speed in Åre before last season. My goal is to be at the top at the World Championships and based on the results at the Olympics, I know I can do that.

Before the Åre 2019 World Ski Championships there are a number of World Cup competitions on the schedule. After a 5thplace finish in Sölden, Ragnhild took 2ndin the GS in Killington and again 2ndin the super-G in Lake Louise. She also scored World Cup points in the downhills. There is no question, the 26-year-old Norwegian can do well in February. But there is more to Åre than ski racing , and Ragnhild herself has her favorite spots there.

– There is a bakery near the center of the town which is fantastic. Everything tastes so good, just perfect. I go there as soon as I get to Åre. It’s my happy place, but so secret that I cannot even remember what it is called, said Mowinckel and laughed.

Ragnhild Mowinckel in a nutshell

Born: 12 September 1992 in Molde, a coastal town located south-west of Trondheim

Family: Mother Sissel, father Harald and brother Fredrik

Ski Club: SK Rival

World Cup Debut: 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia

Selected highlights: Double junior world champion in 2012 in giant slalom and combined, gold and silver medalist at the Junior World Ski Championships in Quebec in 2013 (giant slalom and combined). Double Olympic silver medalist in PyeongChang 2018 in downhill and giant slalom. 

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Ragnhild Mowinckel, Norway, is in an upward trend and looking to grab her first World Champs medals in Åre. Photo by Christophe Pallot/Zoom Agency
Ragnhild Mowinckel, Norway, is in an upward trend and looking to grab her first World Champs medals in Åre. Photo by Christophe Pallot/Zoom Agency
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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